Playoffs or bust for Bledsoe and Bills next season [8:35 PM]
AP reports: 'After spending last spring revamping the offense, including wholesale changes along the line and bringing in Kevin Gilbride as his coordinator, team president Tom Donahoe's challenge this offseason is improving his defensive unit. Buffalo finished 27th in points allowed, 24th average yards rushing (132), and last in generating 19 takeaways.'
Bills finish quietly as rest of league sizzles [8:34 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: After five losses in the previous seven outings, pummeling the ever-putrid Cincinnati Bengals in the regular season finale proved just as easy as expected, but not nearly as rewarding as anticipated a couple months ago.
Bills go out a winner [8:34 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Williams, added, “We like the fact that we made improvement, but unless you’re in the tournament, unless you’re in the playoffs, you’re not satisfied.”'
Fixing the Bengals is no easy task [8:32 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“(The problems) aren’t too overwhelming, but they’re not minor adjustments that need to be made. We need a spark. I’m not sitting here what spark that may be, but we need a spark, in some form or fashion.”'
NFL Calendar: Important Dates [2:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Feb. 28 Veteran free agency signing period begins.
Playoff Flashback: Dec. 30, 1995 [1:22 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills improved to 9-0 at Rich Stadium in the postseason with their impressive 37-22 victory over their AFC East foe the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the AFC playoffs.
Bengals close season in familiar fashion [1:20 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Yesterday resembled so many other Bengals losses this season: fall behind early thanks to a porous defense, then suffer turnovers and failed fourth-down conversions while trying to catch up.'
Neal laughs off talk of returning [1:19 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Spikes has a potential obstacle to leaving the Bengals, though. He is the team's leading tackler and one of the defensive cornerstones, which means there is a good chance Cincinnati will place either its transition or franchise tag on him, which would limit his options.'
Blitz: Awards of the Year [12:30 PM]
The Sporting News reports: REBOUND OF THE YEAR
Drew Bledsoe, Bills. Bledsoe found a friendly new home with, of all teams, New England's division rival. He stayed healthy and prolific, developing a great go-to rapport with Eric Moulds.
Bills 27, Bengals 9 (Video Highlights) [10:24 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills close 2002 season with a win. Watch the game highlights.
Going out in style with win [9:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm satisfied with 8-8 from where we were," owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. said. "Coming from where we were, we were worse off than an expansion team. I think the improvement's been terrific."'
Bills finish a big step forward [9:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This gives us hope for next year," said safety Coy Wire. "We don't want the season to end. I can't wait for next year."'
Winning finale leaves Bills upbeat [9:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With the exception of losses to Oakland, the first New England game and the second New York Jets game, the Bills had a chance to win heading into the final period of the other five losses.'
Peerless leaves door slightly ajar for his return [9:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm sure Peerless is going to do the right thing and I'll support him no matter what his decision is," Moulds said. "But I'm hoping he stays. We have a chance to do something special here and it would be a lot better if we were able to do it here together."'
After a worthy final act, the curtain falls too soon [9:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams still has a lot to prove as a game-day coach. But he's obviously earned the right to coach another year. Donahoe, the general manager, gushed about him after the win. If he has that much faith in Williams, he should give him a one-year extension and spare him the indignity of coaching as a lame duck next season.'
Crowd tells Spikes he's wanted [9:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps no other Bills defender has shown more improvement over the last two games than rookie cornerback Kevin Thomas.'
Bills catch breaks in 2003 schedule [9:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Either the Bills or Dolphins will play on Thanksgiving at Dallas because the game will be on CBS, meaning the visiting team must be from the AFC. The Bills and Dolphins are the only AFC teams visiting Dallas next season.'
Monday Billboard [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The paid attendance was announced at 47,850. The actual attendance was about 10,000 shy of that.'
Worst season ever finally over [9:44 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'In 45 games since LeBeau took over after Bruce Coslet resigned three games into the 2000 season, the Bengals have won just 12 times, including a 4-21 record in their last 25 contests.'
Spikes free, but not really [9:43 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Still, Spikes will be a wanted man, and Buffalo could be a possible destination. Bills fans called openly to Spikes during the game, leaving a good taste in his mouth about this trip to Western New York. For the second straight week, Spikes played a top-flight game, leading the Bengals with 12 tackles, a half of a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, his third in the past two games.'
Kitna falls 6 snaps shy of bonus [9:42 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The Bills have suffered their share of defensive woes this season but finished off the season strong. In their final 12 quarters of the season, the Bills gave up just 32 points, including just three touchdowns.'
Eight is not enough [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: '“We made progress, but we certainly hope there’s nobody in the locker room who’s satisfied with 8-8 and going home because if there is, we have the wrong people,” Donahoe said. “And I don’t think we do. I think our players realize we made progress, it’s close, but we’re not there yet, we still have work to do.”'
However you spin it, 8-8 is just 8-8 [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'Instead of 610 pass attempts for Bledsoe, how about 100 more carries for Travis Henry (fumbles and all)?'
Five more wins means one more chance for Bills' coach [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'For that reason alone, Gregg Williams deserves at least one more shot as Bills coach.'
Bengals prove it could be worse [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Once again the Bills came out of a game without any serious injuries, finishing a season that had to be one of the best in team history in terms of health. It is believed the Bills lost the fewest man games to injury of any team in the NFL.'
Buffalo Bills Week 16 report card [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'There haven’t been many times over the past two seasons when Gregg Williams and his staff outclassed the opposition, but this was one of them.'
Questions surround 8-8 Bills [5:33 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Moulds had 94 catches in 2000 as well as 1,326 yards receiving. That prolific season prompted the Bills to secure Moulds' future in Buffalo. He was signed to a six-year, $40 million (U.S.) contract with a $12.5 million signing bonus. Can the Bills afford to do the same with Price?'
Bengals reach new low in 27-9 loss to Bills [5:32 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'On finishing 2-14, LeBeau said, "I could have done without that question. We're not happy about it."'
Bengals players, fans wait for Brown to act [5:32 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'They are a combined 55-137 since the start of the 1991 season, also known as the Mike Brown Era.'
Frustrated Spikes contemplating future [5:31 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Bills fans cheered Spikes throughout the game. "Yeah, they did," Spikes said when asked if Buffalo fans let him know they'd like to see him wearing a blue uniform next year. "For a minute, I kind of felt like I was at home. How much support they, a lot of fans were talking, even if I made a play, when I walked back to the sidelines, they were happy, more than I was happy. It was interesting to see."'
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